The historic city of Bath has many a hidden gem, including one of Emily latest discoveries – No.15 Great Pulteney. A boutique hotel bathed in beautiful artwork and installations is well worth a visit…
We arrived late to No.15 Great Pulteney (despite an easy 2 hour drive from London) and the entire street was filled with the cars of people watching the rugby nearby. “No problem!” Rachel from Reception told us, she had just spotted a space and would go and stand in it to reserve it for us. This was not a balmy summer’s evening, but a cool October night. Pretty great customer service, and a wonderful welcome to what turned out to be an incredibly special hotel.
Heading up to our room, we looked around us in delighted amazement – every wall we came across was different – unique artwork, beautiful collections of paintings – and even a mounted kaleidoscope collection. This was a real place of wonder.
Our room was no less fabulous. A doll’s house opened up to present us with vintage tea cups and our Nespresso machine, there was a collection of bearskin hats hanging up, and the stunning high ceilings housed equally stunning shuttered windows and floor to ceiling mirrors. Then there was the bed – it truly was a magical thing (and not just because when we arrived we were jet lagged from a previous trip). The best linen, a mattress I want to own one day, and the ever-thoughtful staff had even left a pregnancy pillow for me to try out.
Tearing ourselves away from the prospect of an early night, we headed down to Cafe 15 – an understatement if ever there was one. This is far more than a cafe, and the impressive wine list and wonderful menu options attest to this. There’s a vast degree of flexibility – from sharing plates, to traditional starters and mains. We had a selection of smaller dishes as we were so tempted by all the treats on offer – from Bath Gin cured salmon to bavette steak, with celeriac soup and Brixham crab souffle mixed in. The surroundings will have you captivated – from old medicine bottles to cabinets filled with collected delights – you won’t be lost for visual stimulation.
After dinner, you can head to Bar 15 – where the city’s coolest clientele hang out – lured by the luxurious surroundings and excellent cocktails. You’ll want to make sure you check out the Lost Earring Chandelier just outside too, it’s got the most wonderful backstory which you need to listen to whilst standing underneath it.
A deep slumber, a delicious breakfast and then it was time for the ultimate indulgence. Whether you’re pregnant or not (I am, and I was really starting to feel it at the time we visited), ask for Sarah at Spa 15. She is a wonder and she and her team will soothe away any tension you could possibly have. There’s a cosy Retreat Room and peaceful areas to relax before your treatment, but the real deal comes when you’re cocooned in the serene treatment rooms which haven’t missed out on the art installations which besiege the rest of the building.
Spa 15 uses ila organic products – described as ‘Beyond Organic’ and capable of working magic on tired, dry skin. Sarah adapted everything to my requirements and I had a 30 minute massage leading into a 30 minute facial. Needless to say, I was ready to head straight back upstairs for a nap afterwards.
Not to be however, for Bath is a city that has much to explore. You won’t want to leave No.15 Great Pulteney (and if you don’t, just go lock yourself in the Larder Room – yep, there really is one) but the city awaits you and when you’re ready, go and explore the history, the shops and the incredible architecture.
No15 Great Pulteney
15 Great Pulteney Street, Bath BA2 4BR
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